Station wagons have lost their luster in recent decades in the U.S., especially with the exploding popularity of crossovers and SUVs.
But that may be about to change. A little.
Mercedes, Volvo and Porsche are readying new wagon models for the U.S. and hoping American drivers will go for them. If not like they did in their 60s and 70s heyday, at least more than they have been lately.
Mercedes-Benz confirmed this week it will bring its new semi-autonomous E-Class wagon, the E400 4MATIC, stateside next year. It’s based on the new tech’d up E-Class, the most “connected” car out there.
The all-new Volvo V90 also arrives next year with semi-autonomous tech. It’s part of Volvo’s new 90 series lineup and will offer the automaker’s T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain. Volvo also announced this week it will offer a Polestar Performance Optimization Package.
Finally, we have the long-awaited Porsche Panamera Wagon. Porsche has been teasing us with this one since debuting the Sport Turismo concept car at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Based on the second-generation Panamera sedan which debuts this fall, it won’t get here until most likely 2018.